In pictures: Late winter snow blast surprises eastern Australia – ABC News

In pictures: Late winter snow blast surprises eastern Australia
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A late-winter blast of cold has seen significant snowfall in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.  
It was thanks to a large cold front crossing over the south-east, bringing cold air, thunderstorms, gusty winds, hail and plenty of snow.
The snap has seen pictures from amateur and professional photographers alike brave the cold in search of the perfect shot. 
Katoomba, NSW resident Paul G said it was the first snow the area had received for the year.
"There's usually one last cold snap [in] mid-late August, sometimes even early September," he said.
"But this is the only real snowfall up here we've had this year, which is odd."
Perisher Valley in NSW recorded an overnight minimum of -7.4 degrees Celsius. 
Falls Creek in Victoria dipped to as low as -6.7C, Canberra Airport -6.3C and kunanyi/Mt Wellington in Tasmania was -4.2C.
On Tuesday, the snow level was as low as 300 metres across parts of Tasmania, and 500 to 700 metres across the mainland, with snow flurries experienced at even lower elevations.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said snow was seen around the higher parts of the Central Tablelands of NSW, where some roads were closed due to snow and black ice.
Isolated locations further north, such as Barrington Tops and Guyra, also saw light falls.
The cold front also brought rainfall, with the heaviest falls over the Gippsland Ranges in Victoria and Tasmania's west coast.
Lake Margaret and Henty Canal on Tasmania's west coast recorded the country's two highest rainfalls, at 38mm and 35.4mm respectively. 
In Victoria, Mt Baw Baw saw 31.2mm in rain, and in NSW Mardi Damand Carrowbrook got 29mm. 
Ski resorts have reported 15–30 cm of fresh snow.
The bureau has predicted a high-pressure system will push in across eastern Australia on Thursday and Friday, which will bring cold starts to the day, but not widespread snow.
Extensive frost is likely inland, particularly around the ranges.
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